Thursday Thoughts: Reviews revisited (January – June 2021)
It's time for my last Thursday Thoughts post until the summer! (I'm skipping the post I had considered for 1/13, because I'm tired—what can I say?)
Also, before my post, I must share some completely random news: I just found out that one of my favorite graphic novelists, Svetlana Chmakova, is coming out with the sequel to Awkward, Brave, Crush, and Diary, called Enemies, in September! Here are the details. It's a long wait, but it will be so worth it!
Today, I'm posting my second-ever Reviews Revisited post, in which I look back over a 6-month period of books to see if they ended up being as memorable as I thought they would be when I reviewed them. Rather than looking at the previous 6 months (which would include books at the end that I had literally just finished), I actually look at the 6 months before that, so this post covers January – June 2021 rather than July – December 2021 (I'll look at those books in July 2022). Let's dive in!
(Please note: I have excluded one book from this roundup because it is a Cybils finalist in the category I am judging for, and I am not permitted to discuss the finalists until after the winners have been announced. Once the winners are announced, though, I plan to discuss all of the finalists in my categories in their own posts, so you'll get to hear my latest thoughts on that book then!)
January 2021Almost American Girl
Before the Ever After
City of Secrets
I remember parts of this book, but mostly I remember it being fine—not great, just fine. The sequel I reviewed recently, City of Illusion, didn't help matters. This is probably one to skip unless action-adventure type stories are really your jam!
Beetle & the Hollowbones
The Witch Boy (and its sequels)
Hollowpox: The Hunt for Morrigan Crow
A Map to the Sun
Are You Listening?
The Prince and the Dressmaker
This Was Our Pact
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away
Salma the Syrian Chef
On a Sunbeam
It would have been wonderful to end on the great note of On a Sunbeam, but alas, we must end here with this book that is perfectly fine, but that I remember quite well didn't really live up to the expectations of Terri Libenson's previous MG semi-graphic novels. The plot just didn't strike me in the same way, and I feel like less happened in this book even though it's the longest of the whole series! This book isn't really a reason to read the Emmie & Friends books, but luckily, all of the other books are good enough to make the series worth checking out, and I'm excited to see book 6, Remarkably Ruby, make its debut this May!